16 Dec '11, 2am

Australian navy appoints first female admiral

SYDNEY: The Australian navy on Friday appointed its first female admiral, just months after the defence force allowed women to serve in frontline combat for the first time in its history. Commodore Robyn Walker was promoted to the rank of Rear Admiral and will also be the first female sailor to take on the job of surgeon-general. "This is an outstanding achievement personally for Admiral Walker," said navy chief Vice Admiral Ray Griggs. "She is an exceptional role model for all women in defence." He added that the navy was working at developing initiatives to support leadership by women as part of efforts to improve the gender balance. "I am proud of the efforts of our people in encouraging and mentoring women in key leadership roles," he said. Walker's promotion follows the defence force announcing a series of reviews this year into the treatment of women, sparked by a se...

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